Slime-pooping unicorn dolls rip off Black Eyed Peas hit, BMG lawsuit says

Slime-pooping unicorn dolls rip off Black Eyed Peas hit, BMG lawsuit says

SummaryCompaniesRelated DocumentsBratz Maker’s ‘Poopsie Slime Surprise’ Line Accused of Copying ‘My Humps’ BMG Seeks At Least $10 Million in Damages

(Reuters) – Music publisher BMG Rights Management sued toymaker MGA Entertainment Inc in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, alleging that MGA copied the Black Eyed Peas song “My Humps” to market unicorn poop dolls and dancing from its “Poopsie Slime Surprise” line of toys. .

The lawsuit said the MGA toys sang a song called “My Poops” which rips off the rap group’s 2005 hit. BMG said the toy line earned MGA tens of millions of dollars in part because of “My Poops” and asked the court for at least $10 million in damages.

BMG and its attorney said they had no comment on the lawsuit. MGA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

BMG said it owns 75% copyright to the composition of “My Humps”, which went double platinum in the United States and reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

MGA is best known for its line of Bratz dolls. The lawsuit said one of MGA’s unicorn dolls dances and sings “My Poops” by pressing her heart-shaped navel.

BMG also said that MGA had created a music video to advertise the dolls and other unicorn dolls that “spark slime” with animated versions of the toys dancing and singing to “My Poops”.

The lawsuit cited several alleged similarities in the songs’ melodies, lyrics, chords, and other elements. BMG also said the “My Poops” singer sounds “very similar” to Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie.

MGA ignored BMG’s cease and desist notices, according to the complaint.

The case is BMG Rights Management (US) LLC v. MGA Entertainment Inc, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 1:23-cv-00465.

For BMG: Seth Berman of Abrams Fensterman

For MGA: lawyer information not available

(NOTE: This story was updated after BMG declined to comment on the lawsuit.)

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Blake Brittain

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Blake Brittain reports on intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Contact him at [email protected]

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